Whole Body Intelligence – it Lives within us All

Is it possible that we have subscribed to the thinking that having an intelligent mind is a great thing?

Do we think that having a great memory, like being able to recall many things, is what makes us more intelligent than someone else?

What if we are more intelligent than what we currently give ourselves credit for, and what if this form of intelligence has nothing to do with the mind?

Serge Benhayon presents on ‘Whole Body Intelligence’ as something that we can all be connecting to and living from. This form of intelligence honours, loves and supports us and our body in a way that is beyond that which most are currently living. Whole Body Intelligence is everything working together so that every part of the body is harmony and love.

In anything we do in life, Whole Body Intelligence would look at how every aspect of that choice would impact on the whole body. It would consider how the body would respond and react in detail, right down to the tiniest of the body’s cells. Whole Body Intelligence is always communicating to us… however, we can very simply choose to not ‘listen’ to it. We seem to be trapped into a way of thinking that glorifies the mind and the decisions that it makes, but the mind is one part of our body and the decisions often made from the mind demonstrate that it does not consider the whole.

Cartoon Picture of a Man staring blankly out in ‘Mindfull Intelligence’ and a Happy Smiley Full-bodied Man with arms out wide representing 'Whole Body Intelligence'
Illustration by Joel Levin

Here are some examples of the things we choose to do which highlight that we often think about one aspect of the body rather than the whole body:

  • If we are tired we go for the quick pick-me-up; a sugar fix, a coffee or energy drink to keep us going. This may give us an instant energy burst, but what is it doing to our nervous and digestive systems?
  • We go out into a cold day without enough layers on to stay warm – how often do you see people out at a party or down the street with very little on when it is freezing cold? Being numb from the cold has consequences on the body.
  • We are allergic or sensitive to a certain food but we eat it anyway and then put up with the pain and reactions that inevitably occur in the body. We do not consider our stomach lining, gall bladder, oesophagus, liver or intestines when we make this choice.
  • We do not go to the toilet when initially impulsed to but hang on for long periods of time. Have you heard about grown men wearing adult nappies so that they can sit in front of a computer – gaming – not moving to go to the toilet? This places undue stress on our bladder and pelvic floor muscles.

Where does this intelligence come from?

  • We injure ourselves while playing sport, using drugs and other means to keep the body moving and in the game. We only need to look at the use of drugs in sport and the necessary banning of such substances to know that we are pushing beyond our natural limits. Look at some of the gruelling sporting events we participate in; pushing the body to extremes, becoming delirious, disorientated or enduring heat exhaustion at one end of the scale, to frostbite at the other. We are putting undue stress on muscles, bones, ligaments as well as our heart and vascular system.
  • We drink so much alcohol that we make ourselves sick, pass out and suffer from a hangover and memory loss, or even worse resort to domestic violence. What does this do to our liver, heart and gallbladder? Let alone our relationship with others?
  • We choose to drive while tired, pushing on rather than stopping and resting. Often this can have dire consequences as driving while tired has claimed the lives of many people. This places tension in the body and enormous strain on our vision.

Where does this intelligence come from?

  • We smoke cigarettes and pollute our lungs with toxic smoke. Do we realise our lungs are made of very thin, transparent and fragile alveoli that cannot tolerate the poison that they are being exposed to?
  • We eat greasy, fast and unhealthy food regularly, regardless of how much weight we put on. The fact that we may have diabetes or heart disease or that our blood pressure may be sky high doesn’t seem to matter because we can pop a pill or go on a diet when we feel we have overdone it.
  • Too many commit suicide, thinking that this is the only way out or an answer to our problems; many highly educated people like doctors and dentists commit suicide.

Where does this intelligence come from?

  • We think it’s ok to lie, cheat and steal and this ranges from small things to big things, but it’s still being dishonest. Some people may live their whole lives in a lie and will rationalise that they have no choice. What pressure does living a lie place on the whole body and your mental health?
  • We allow our emotions to get out of control; we can burst into rage or get so angry that we commit acts of murder or cause grievous bodily harm to others. Our emotions do affect parts of our body, for example our lungs, spleen and pancreas.
  • We inject or take drugs that completely disconnect us from our bodies and the communities in which we live and then we carry out horrendous acts while under the influence of these drugs. Drug use places enormous stress on our body and our mental wellbeing.

Where does this intelligence come from?

Would our health and wellbeing improve if we knew how to make decisions based on the intelligence coming from our whole body? When we look at the types of choices we are making as set out above, is it not obvious that the mind is not that intelligent and can make not so wise choices? Have some of the choices that we make in life become so ‘normal’ ­– because we see people making these choices every day – that we don’t stop to think about the consequences on our whole body?

Whole Body Intelligence knows exactly what is needed for each one of us in life to make choices that honour, support, nourish and love ourselves and other people. It is an ancient way of being that has been lived by many people over the course of history; we simply have to re-connect to this wisdom that lives inside us all. There are people living Whole Body Intelligence today. Thanks to the teachings of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, and The Way of The Livingness, more and more are connecting more to their bodies and learning to love, honour and support the body in every moment.

Inspired by the work and teachings of Serge Benhayon, who lives Whole Body Intelligence like no one else I know, in every aspect of his life.

By Sally Green

Further Reading:
Whole Body Intelligence – Choices Between the Body & Mind
The Body’s Intelligence
The Body’s True Intelligence

511 thoughts on “Whole Body Intelligence – it Lives within us All

  1. We have subscribed to a way of thinking that is based on recall and regurgitation of information and figures; we have fallen for the mandate that a good education is necessary to get us all secure jobs for life. We are becoming more like machines and less like Human-beings. Why hasn’t anyone stopped to wonder what is this way of life actually doing to our health, both mentality and physically? I know that it wasn’t until Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine came along and started to quietly question life and how we were all living did I stop to consider that actually maybe we are not so smart and intelligent as we think we are. It is a proven fact that we are getting sicker and sicker and yet we obstinately stick with a way of life that clearly isn’t working. If it was working, then can someone tell me why are we all so sick and unhealthy?

  2. Consideration of anything less than intelligence being from our whole body reduces us to the Darwinism intellect of the survival of the fittest and finds us involved in things that are less than True-love for our bodies.

  3. Thank you Sally, there is a lot to ponder on here and it really challenges the common ways we abuse and neglect the body, ways of treating ourselves that are considered normal. But if you consider the care we take with our cars, yet not with our bodies, then self abuse and self neglect doesn’t make sense at all. This is a great line “Inspired by the work and teachings of Serge Benhayon, who lives Whole Body Intelligence like no one else I know, in every aspect of his life.” Serge is very inspiring and it’s a wonderful reminder of how much more I have to learn from my body.

  4. I love the illustration that goes with this article, it highlights how crazy and unnatural it is to use only our head to guide us. Using our whole body to guide us and make decisions makes much more sense.

  5. This is beautiful; ‘more and more are connecting more to their bodies and learning to love, honour and support the body in every moment.’

  6. Whole body intelligence is so important, having not honoured and listened to my body last week I now have a cold, when I listen to my body and use whole body intelligence I stay cared for and well.

  7. Sally, this is a great question and the simplicity with which you write helps me understand whole body intelligence because we are basically making the decision from only our mind and not with care for the rest of our body; ‘If we are tired we go for the quick pick-me-up; a sugar fix, a coffee or energy drink to keep us going. This may give us an instant energy burst, but what is it doing to our nervous and digestive systems?’

    1. You raise such a good point Rebecca, that when we are tired we go for the quick pick-me-up; a sugar fix, a coffee or energy drink to keep us going. This may give us an instant energy burst, but what is it doing to our nervous and digestive systems?’
      I know from the way I was running my body it was in constant nervous tension and the more nervous tension I felt the more I would load my body with something sugary as I felt it would take the edge off what I was feeling and of course it did. But when the sugar levels dropped the nervous tension kicked in again. I was on a treadmill which definitely harmed my body without me even considering what I was doing, it was so automatic. I know I’m not the only one who lived in this way, we all do it as a way to survive and that’s the problem, we are in survival mode, ticking boxes and not actually enjoying life. I have discovered thanks to Universal Medicine that there is such an incomparable difference between surviving and enjoying life.

  8. Your picture of mindfulness vs whole body intelligence says it all Sally for we are so much more than just our mind.

  9. We have to question again and again the intelligence that has us making decisions that harm the body we live in. We know what is supportive and we know what is not, therefore when we find ourselves doing things that are not supportive, just taking a moment to ask I wonder why, offers a momentary pause of potentially enormous healing.

  10. I didn’t understand this whole body intelligence until I met Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine. I started to connect with my body and yet all along it was communicating the whole time, I just chose to ignore it despite the ramifications it was having on my body.

    Even though I am not perfect, I certainly know I now treat my body much differently to how I used to treat it many years ago. The kindness I bring to my body, yet my mind loves to interfere has evolved. This process is being refined every time and it’s never too late to start this, just ask your body and it will tell you. It is that simple.

  11. The mind wants to concoct a solution and it thinks time is of importance, but the body already knows the answer and it is just waiting for us to surrender into that vast well of wisdom known as space.

  12. It doesn’t make sense to override the body and then feel miserable. I’ve had a sinus problem for a month and put it down to a cold but after weeks of post nasal drip, I considered that it could be an allergy to a food I’m eating. Sure enough after nominating what I thought it could be, the next day I woke up without sneezing.

    1. I have woken up today feeling like I have hay fever. Reading your comment now I know why, and I know that it will not be part of my choices any more.

  13. It has taken me a while and there is still more refining to do, about trusting the body’s signals more as it does not lie.
    There is a marked difference when we listen to our minds to when we listen to our bodies, as already shared in this blog.
    Mind over matter overrides it all.

    Its about re-developing our relationships with out bodies and placing the emphasis that the body does not lie and frankly won’t let you down.

    1. Shushila I agree it’s all about developing a relation with ourselves something many of us have never contemplated because it is not encouraged when we were young, everything about life is set up for us to look outward to the world and not inwards. That’s the lie/ trick humanity has fallen for.

  14. What a list of crazy things we do to our bodies all the while while considering that we are intelligent human beings .

  15. These are really great questions we should be asking ourselves and discussing with everyone we meet. How is it we have accepted a reduced way of living that for some is barely living at all, just existing.

  16. When combined with love and a commitment to truth then a mind with excellent recall that is agile and skilled is actually a very useful tool, like any other ability that can be employed to serve humanity.

  17. Whole body intelligence is what is needed in a world that is harming itself with the irresponsible choices that people are making. We have made so many things ‘normal’ for the body that in truth poison it, the wisdom of the body offers us so much if we are open to listening to its supportive messages.

  18. Intelligence is always related to movement. It is part of a movement. Yet, the question is what is that movement all about? The nature of the movement is what truly defines the type of intelligence and what is the intelligence we are talking all about. We do not pay enough attention to our ability to ride on a wave (of purpose) as an act of intelligence in itself that allows humanly accepted high level forms of intelligence to come through.

  19. We’re sensing all of the time, from our whole body, so the only thing we can do to not feel what we’re sensing, and make ourselves believe that we don’t sense, is either override or try to crush that sensitivity through how we live – the activities and behaviours that numb, dull, race the body – in other words, all that we do that de-sensitises or over-loads the body, so that our communication with our senses, and ability to interpret what we’re feeling, isn’t as clear.

  20. I have always looked up to intelligent people thinking that they know so much more than me and they have a piece of paper to prove it. I have always admired how they seem to talk with such ease, such knowledge at instant recall. That was until I met Serge Benhayon his knowledge does not come from recall or regurgitation of knowledge, but from a source that he aligns to that knows everything there is to know in an instant and then is gone, as it is constantly changing and evolving and this to me is fascinating that if we got ourselves out of the way and stopped wanting to control and own our thoughts as being ours, then we too could have this communication with an intelligence that is far greater than our minds can perceive. To be able to converse with the universe and be at one with it is my greatest desire.

  21. This is a great question to ask where does this intelligence come from and really this intelligence that we call intelligence is not so intelligence at all, but we fall for it every time rather than making choices that are much more respectful and loving for our bodies.

  22. There are so many choices we make that we turn a blind eye on the consequences, but our bodies experience them anyway. I love your question: ‘What pressure does living a lie place on the whole body and your mental health?’ We think we can get away with it when another doesn’t find out the truth, but our body gets the bill of this behaviour.

  23. A great question to ask ‘where does intelligence come from?’ Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine present this beautifully from a known and lived wisdom and truth. Something every one of us on the planet should be wised-up on and which should be the foundation teaching in schools and education. With whole body intelligence it comes from within our being and innate knowing. I love the picture of the whole body intelligence .. very cute.

  24. I was listening to a mindfullness presentation and what occured to me is that is creates a state of bliss and checking out from feeling the tensions of the body- yet in feeling the body and connecting to the body we are given the clues to be able to make the changes that then allows us to live in a way that does not accumulate struggles in life.

  25. The worth of knowledge comes to life when it is employed with true wisdom – something not owned by any one person, but something we all can access by being more in tune with our whole body.

    1. Beautifully put, Fiona, so different from knowledge that is based on a academic title (or other accolades) without any connection to any form of livingness.

  26. ‘Whole Body Intelligence knows exactly what is needed for each one of us in life to make choices that honour, support, nourish and love ourselves and other people.’ It doesn’t make sense to listen and connect with anything else. Any time I do it never ends well. Might as well just admit nothing else feels so lovely as whole body intelligence. Time for me to let go the pride and admit I got it so wrong chasing all sorts of ideals and pictures of how to make life a success when none of it did.

  27. If we approached life living the knowing that how we move, everything we do affects us and to note those affects, what would we decide, would we eat that thing that tasted great but gave us belly ache later? Not likely and that’s the thing we live life in parts and we also do the same with our body, and coming back to treating our body and life as a whole brings all of us and life to everything, no hidden corners, living our natural way, everything connected.

  28. The best examples of whole body intelligence I often see in small children: they make decisions from their body and express and communicate with their whole body. And I love the joy that beams out of them because of this (honoring).

  29. “Have some of the choices that we make in life become so ‘normal’ ­– because we see people making these choices every day – that we don’t stop to think about the consequences on our whole body?” – Great question and one well worth considering. We can dismiss what we’re really feeling about something, just because we think that is just the way life is, or that it has to be, but if we let ourselves listen and tune into our whole body, we can open up to being inspired to live in a way that really feels true to us.

  30. What I love about decisions being made from whole body intelligence is that they are not only perfect for ourselves but equally take everyone and anything else into account, so a real decision from the whole and for the whole.

  31. The one thing we seem to fight the most is our own bodies, I say that because we seem to trash our bodies to such an extent that they become ill and diseased. But what if, as you say Sally, we are more intelligent than what we currently give ourselves credit for, and what if this form of intelligence has nothing to do with the mind, but is actually our bodies? What if we have all got this round the wrong way? What if we took more notice of our bodies than our mind? What if when the body throws up because we have drank too much alcohol, it does this because it’s the quickest way to expel the alcohol from the body? What if we took notice of this? I wish I had taken notice, I wish I had taken notice when my body was telling me loud and clear about so many things, but I chose to ignore it. But not any more, I have made friends with my body and we are now best buddies. No more listening to my mind.

  32. While we may think that all behaviours that are listed in this blog are normal to human’s because of the number of people doing it, the truth is that all these behaviours are there because we live from our mind, in complete disconnection of, and without any respect to the body we live in. The body that is actually our true saviour if we are ready to go that way and let go of the insidious way our mind wants us to make life to be.

  33. Yes.. amazing how making a choice that nourishes and supports us then supports others, because we’re more vital, more connected to what’s actually needed in that moment.. all our choices have a ripple effect.

  34. I know the discrepancy between mind and body very well and there is such a strong mental will – that seems to be fostered from every angle of society – that overriding the body is not only the normal but often championed as being a ‘strong person’. There is nothing glorious about defeating the body as in truth it comes at great loss of love, health and wellbeing.

  35. “It would consider how the body would respond and react in detail, right down to the tiniest of the body’s cells.” So very beautiful, down to the smallest cell, every thing is considered and honoured and included. And the beauty is when we live this with ourselves, we quite naturally bring this quality to everyone and everything else. It shows the power we have in the choices we make.

  36. I can definitely say that I overrode what my body was trying to tell me. When my friends suggested I should be drinking alcohol, it tasted ghastly and my body immediately reacted. S, sugar in the way of a cordial was mixed with the alcohol and my mind over rode what my body was trying to tell me, which was no matter how alcohol was disguised it was still not good for the body. Looking back, I can say without question, my mind did not consider the whole of my body at all.

  37. ‘It is an ancient way of being that has been lived by many people over the course of history; we simply have to re-connect to this wisdom that lives inside us all.’ This is what I love, that this intelligence is inside us all, waiting for us to connect to and listen, and the potential for the vastness of this wisdom to guide us to live truly loving lives and the impact this would have on us as a humanity and our world. It is within, waiting for us…

  38. I was recently able to view a Kindergarten child’s school award and it was begging the child to become a good student and concentrate as it was priding the child for doing exactly this while calling them super, awesome, fantastic and another eight similar descriptive words…. the way we think can be soo sneaky, but made to look “good”/supportive/encouraging…..

  39. I’m currently on a sales course and it is all about the mind, regurgitation of knowledge, and getting it right. The body doesn’t get a look in at all, I have this vision that soon we will just be floating heads, I have an image of a jelly fish. We do seem to live in such disregard to our bodies and I have to wonder why this is.

  40. I have been observing people on a ‘smoke break’ standing outside a building in the freezing cold without a coat, hat, gloves or scarf. It is seemingly more important for them to have a cigarette than it is to stay warm. So back to your question Sally where does this intelligence come from?

    1. So what you actually say Eduardo is that it is our individual choice to accept what is on offer or not. So no one to blame at the end when our choice did not bring us what we thought it would bring. Only honesty to the fact that we are the creators of our own life will help us to make the choices that will make us equally ‘bright’ as the end point of our evolution here on earth.

      1. Nico I feel that we do not want to take responsibility for the fact that we are the creators of our own lives. I know from my own experience that I blamed everyone but myself for my woes, they were never my fault I could always find someone else to blame. Now when something comes up the first question I ask myself is what part have I played in the situation, this is a completely different way of living where I accept responsibility for my choices and actions.

  41. Your list here really exposes how much of what we do and accept as normal just makes no sense to our body. Really, where do they come from? Who is in charge of our body?

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